Summer just never seems long enough anymore! Although parents with school age children will have had enough by the end of August. Vacations are now going in full swing, with a common refrain that "now I need a vacation" following that one or two week escape from home! How does a family - parents and kids - go on vacation and really get some R&R? What is your solution? Soon we will be bombarded with Back To School ads on TV and in the paper!
Of course, with Summer comes outdoor household tasks - mowing the lawn, gardening - casual and/or making a new garden area! Trimming trees and bushes, fertilizing everything! I just finished a new brick sidewalk and moved and re-built the fire pit!
As for summer sports - golfers go golfing for hours and hours, youth baseball game practices and weekend games, AAU basketball is most of the Summer, right? Ice hockey is a year round activity, with their cold ice rinks, early AM practices and night games a good distance from home! Also there is sailing and power boating, tennis, cycling and horse shows.
Yes horse shows! I was very surprised when I realized that there are at least a few in SE Mass. and RI that I could go to every weekend. Usually one but sometimes 2 days, and ALL DAY long. There are also some weeklong competition esp. in Vermont, Saugertees, NY., Lake Placid, as well as Fieldstone and Grazing Fields in MA.
I just attended a one day show in Medway ,MA at the Saddle Rowe Farm. It was run by the SEHA organization (South East Hunter Assoc.) I was there to photograph the show as usual. One young girl asked me if I knew how to ride. And I thought for a moment, and said"well sort, but not really"! I rode a mule down the Grand Canyon in 1963m and several years ago I worked for a tour company and visited a ranch in Texas. We all had a a chance to ride a horse - so I jumped on- climbed on - and rode down a dirt road a short was and back! they all thought I knew what I was doing since I just took off at a gallop, stopped & turned round and galloped back!
There is something majestic and inspiring about a horse. When you stand next to one or a few - that muscle bound powerhouse is an amazing creation. I would like to learn to ride - confidently some time though. At the shows I go to there are always some little kids - maybe 5 yrs old - just learning. All the young girls - pre-teens I would say - all wear pigtails and beautiful ribbons attached to each pigtail. So, with that I need to show you what I mean with a few photos. Enjoy!